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Old Kentucky dulcimers
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I teach Appalachian Crafts at Berea College in Kentucky. I am currently researching the history of the Kentucky dulcimer and would like to  acquire dulcimers from the following builders: Ed Thomas,…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Gunner Apr 1, 2012.

 

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John Tillinghast left a comment for Alan Mills
"I have a 1917 Ed Thomas (#1400 or 1460, hard to see).  It was a gift from a distant relative in the 60's.  I played it a bit in the 70's and it's been in storage ever since.  Are you still looking for one?"
Aug 11, 2012
Greg Gunner replied to Alan Mills's discussion 'Old Kentucky dulcimers'
"Alan,   I might be inerested in purchasing one of your  Ed Thomas replicas if you are accepting orders for them.  You can contact me with a private message if you are accepting orders.  Please indicate total cost (including…"
Apr 1, 2012
Alan Mills and Michael J King are now friends
Mar 20, 2012
Alan Mills replied to Alan Mills's discussion 'Old Kentucky dulcimers'
"More dulcimer builders added."
Dec 1, 2011
Alan Mills replied to Alan Mills's discussion 'Old Kentucky dulcimers'
"Randall, I do not know much about Clifford Glenn. Can you give me a little background? Where was he from and what years did he produce dulcimers? "
Nov 3, 2011
John E. Wood replied to Alan Mills's discussion 'Old Kentucky dulcimers'
"Hi Kendra. I just got around to reading this thread and noticed your request for info about a builder named "Butcher". I remembered reading aboout him (I think it must be the same one) in Anne Grimes' book "Stories from the Anne…"
Nov 3, 2011
Randall McKinnon replied to Alan Mills's discussion 'Old Kentucky dulcimers'
"Alan, I was with Steve at the Winter Creek Reunion, a dulcimer festival in OK.  I had just bought a 1971 Clifford Glenn (3 string, peg tuners, diatonic) and was showing it to him. He responded by pulling out…"
Nov 2, 2011
Alan Mills replied to Alan Mills's discussion 'Old Kentucky dulcimers'
"Yes, the replicas that I made are all walnut including the tuning pegs. As far as we can tell Uncle Ed only made dulcimers from walnut and poplar. He often painted the poplar ones black with paint left over from painting his barn. Someone on U-tube…"
Nov 2, 2011
Alan Mills replied to Alan Mills's discussion 'Old Kentucky dulcimers'
"You're right. It is light as a feather and it has a beautiful sound to it. Uncle Ed built a very petite instrument but he really new what he was doing. His instruments are fine pieces of art made with very simple tools. "
Nov 2, 2011
Alan Mills replied to Alan Mills's discussion 'Old Kentucky dulcimers'
"Randy, thanks for the compliment. I will be building more replicas this summer. We're looking at reproducing a Jethro Amburgy, Homer Ledford and a Bob Mize. "
Nov 2, 2011
Alan Mills replied to Alan Mills's discussion 'Old Kentucky dulcimers'
"Randall, Where were you when you saw Stephen Seifert? He was the first person that played one of the Thomas replicas. I was at the Kentucky Music Week in Bardstown, Kentucky this summer and asked him if he would like to play it. I let him have it…"
Nov 2, 2011
Alan Mills replied to Alan Mills's discussion 'Old Kentucky dulcimers'
"Donato. Thanks for the compliment. The Ed Thomas replica even sounds better than it looks. It is a little dulcimer with a big sound. It is also a joy to play. Because the frets are small staples made from broom wire the action can be set very low…"
Nov 2, 2011
Alan Mills replied to Alan Mills's discussion 'Old Kentucky dulcimers'
"Robert, early dulcimers like the Ed Thomas were usually tuned to DAA. I think this is a great place to start learning how to play the dulcimer. You can play the melody string with one finger or even better, a noter. No need for cords. "
Nov 2, 2011
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My interests in music and in mountain dulcimers:
I teach photography and Appalachian crafts at Berea College. I have built several dulcimers but I am just learning to play.
Why I want to join Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer
I found the site through Everything Dulcimer Web site

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At 12:58pm on August 11, 2012, John Tillinghast said…

I have a 1917 Ed Thomas (#1400 or 1460, hard to see).  It was a gift from a distant relative in the 60's.  I played it a bit in the 70's and it's been in storage ever since.  Are you still looking for one?

At 5:07pm on March 7, 2010, Suzanne Dennis said…
No, I live in Hardin County, but my daughter is a 2009 UK graduate and lives and works in Lexington, so I stayed with her during the OVG. I will keep my eyes and ears open and let you know if I hear of a Homer Ledford dulcimer for sale!
At 2:54pm on March 7, 2010, Suzanne Dennis said…
I believe I met you in Ms. Vickers' class at the Ohio Valley Gathering last weekend. Your dulcimer that you made was beautiful! You would be welcome to join our Kentucky Dulcimer Players Group here on FOTMD!
At 9:01am on March 5, 2010, Bill Lewis said…
Thanks Alan, my Yorkie is right at 5lbs. Good luck on locating a Homer Ledford. Coincidence, I'm reading Dulcimer Maker, The Craft of Homer Ledford right now.
At 7:04am on March 5, 2010, Bill Lewis said…
Welcome to FOTMD Alan. :)
At 8:29pm on March 4, 2010, Strumelia said…
Alan, check your INBOX for my message- upper right or any page here. :)
At 8:25pm on March 4, 2010, Strumelia said…
Alan, here is what I see not only on your thread, but also on our main page where it shows you recently posted the thread:

I am looking for a Homer Ledford Dulcimer. If you have one for sale or know someone that has one for sale please contact me at Alan_Mills@Berea.edu

I am not seeing any obstruction in viewing your email address- it looks good to me. :)
At 7:51pm on March 4, 2010, Strumelia said…
Hi Alan, in response to your question- I am seeing your email address on your Ledford thread as being Alan_Mills@Berea.edu Is this not correct?

You can also 'FOLLOW' any thread you like and set your settings to notify you with an email any time someone leaves a new comment on your thread. To do that go to the discussion and scroll all the way down where you'll see an option to "Follow' that thread.
Also, keep your eye on your Member Box at upper right of every page- it will tell you when you have a friend request or a message in your INBOX.
On this site, someone has to be on your friends list in order for them to send you a private message to your inbox.
But since you put your actual email on the thread for contacting you, you shouldn't have to go through those channels if you don't care to, or if you don't plan to be visiting this site very often.
I'd suggest you 'FOLLOW' the thread though, in order to get notified when someone posts there.
At 7:27pm on March 4, 2010, Strumelia said…
Hey, a warm welcome to you Alan. :)
 
 
 

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